Carehaven is a shelter that offers sanctuary and short term housing to women who are victims of domestic abuse and their children. Located in Athlone, Carehaven accommodates up to 60 people. Although a strong Christian emphasis is maintained, we embrace women of all races and creeds. No one is ever turned away due to the lack of money.
To help create a society where woman and children can live with full dignity, a sense of worth, being self-reliant and free from fear and abuse.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible.
Its ministry is motivated by love of God.
Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The mission of Carehaven is to provide residential shelter and refuge to abused woman and their children, the opportunity for them to find healing and to learn skills that will empower them to cope as self-reliant
We accommodate ladies and their children who are traumatized and vulnerable because they are experiencing current domestic violence or any other form of abuse and are in need of a safe place where they can be protected and counseled.
Other Shelters – generally speaking we do not take clients who have completed a domestic abuse therapy program in another shelter.
Asylum seekers or refugees – must have valid current legal documents as proof that they are legally in South Africa. We do not take responsibility to get them back to their country and they need to have a fair command of the English language as all the therapy is in English.
20 years old Thato had run away from home several times, trying to escape beatings by her mother and brother. But she always went back and the abuse resumed. 'She would beat me with everything she could get her hands on. I felt like an object, I didn’t feel like a girl.' Carehaven came to her rescue, 'I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for here,' she says. Thato found the group counselling and staff support made am impact on her life. 'I’ve got conﬁdence now. I’m looking forward to every day'. Carehaven gave Thato a new home and helped her ﬁ nd a full time job. She hopes soon to be reunited with her ten months old son.